Women's Figure Skating Results Are In

Spoiler alerts follow for those who plan to watch
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 20, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Adelina Sotnikova of Russia won the gold.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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(Newser) – Women's figure skating has wrapped up in Sochi, and for those who don't plan to watch in prime time tonight: Longshot Adelina Sotnikova has given Russia its first Olympic gold medal in the event. The 17-year-old pulled a stunning upset of defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea, who won the silver. Carolina Kostner of Italy won the bronze, with American Gracie Gold in fourth, just out of medal contention.

Sotnikova was considered the host nation's No. 2 skater behind Julia Lipnitskaia, but she soared when her teammate struggled. Sotnikova was in the media area when she was told she won. She ran waving her arms in the air before finding her coach and sharing a warm hug. When she got onto the podium for the flower ceremony, to raucous chants of "Ro-ssi-ya," she jumped up and down like a teenager who had just had her Olympic dream come true. (Read more 2014 Sochi Olympics stories.)

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